Coffee can survival kit for winter driving
You can easily equip your vehicle with essential survival gear for
winter. Here's what you'll need:
2 or 3 pound coffee can (punch 3 holes at the top of can, equal distance
apart). You'll be storing the other items inside the can.
length of twine or heavy string (cut into 3 equal pieces - used to suspend
large safety pins (tie string to safety pins and pin to car roof interior to
suspend can over candle).
candle 2" diameter (place on lid under suspended can for melting snow).
pocketknife, reasonably sharp (or substitute with scissors).
pieces of bright cloth 2" wide x 36" long (tie to antenna or door
packets of soup, hot chocolate, tea, bouillon cubes, etc. (mixed into melted
snow to provide warmth and nutrition).
small package of peanuts (provides protein) and fruit-flavored candy (orange
slices, jelly beans, etc. - avoid chocolate).
pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves or glove liners, depending on what will
fit in the can (cotton is not recommended because it provides no insulation
packages of book matches.
sun shield blanket or 2 large green or black plastic leaf bags (to reflect
penlight and batteries (keep separate).
When complete, place stocking cap over kit and carry in passenger
compartment of car. If you have a 3-pound can, you will still have additional
room for band-aids, aspirin, small radio, etc. If there is still room left,
increase the quantity of any of the above items or improvise items you feel
might be necessary.
Other items you may want to keep in the vehicle:
plastic garbage bag.
stub and paper.
You may want to keep the survival kit in the passenger compartment in case
you go into a ditch and can't get to or open the trunk.
re-printed from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Website)